Sam (right) and his supporters crossing the Trusan River to Kampung Long Sepulu in Trusan last Sunday.

KUCHING: A practising Lun Bawang lawyer from Long Sukang, Sam Laya, has intensified his movements on the ground since the lifting of the movement control order (MCO).

This followed his endorsement as candidate for Ba’ Kelalan by the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP youth chief, Robert Ayu, said Sam, a graduate of Melbourne University, Australia, has been introducing himself to the grassroots.

“It seems that Sam has been well-received by the grassroots. He has visited Buduk Nur villages in Ba’kelalan, villages in Long Semadoh area, villages in Sentral Long Sukang, villages in Merapok, villages in Trusan and those near Lawas town,” said Robert in a statement on Monday (Sept 14).

He pointed out that there would be at least a four-cornered fight in the Ba’ Kelalan constituency among Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).

“Sam admits that he is the underdog, knowing that the incumbent Baru Bian, who is Ba’ Kelalan assemblyman and Selangau MP, has served as Works Minister and has been in politics for more than 30 years.

“The other candidates from PKR and PBK are also well-known figures among the Lun Bawang.

“However, Sam believes that with extra hard work and support from GPS, he can win back Ba’ Kelalan,” added Robert.